So last Friday Lila fell down at school. She falls all the time (she gets that from me), but she fell a little harder than normal this time. She was apparently swinging and tripped when getting off the swing and forgot that she had hands and fell on her face.
Her lip was fat and bleeding, the teeny patch of skin above her lip between her nose and lips was scraped up pretty badly and so was her chin and lip.
They immediately cleaned her up with water, put an ice pack on her face and put arnica* on it.
…but they didn’t call us.
Craig was the parent picking up Lila on Friday and when he got to school he saw Lila and it appeared as if Lila had simply drawn on her face, but as he got a better, closer look – he saw it was dried blood and a scrape and he went into Papa-bear-protection mode and was IRATE. (Understandably.)
Why didn’t the school call us?
Lila was fine, she definitely was the most scraped up I think she’s ever been and I think it’s definitely going to be uncomfortable and slightly itchy as it heals, I’m sure.
So, what are your thoughts on this? What is your experience with your child’s school/care provider in the case of an injury? Do you have a set plan of attack when this happens?
I immediately called Lila’s teacher, whom I frequently text (Si! I’m that parent.) and whom I love and she told me the full story and explained that she was going to call, however Lila hardly cried, she seemed fine and after they cleaned her up she wanted to play on the brincolin (trampoline) and she jumped and jumped and jumped and was happy.
Still, I said, “If she ever bleeds at school from her face, I need to know. Even if she’s ok. Send me a text so that when we pick her up we don’t flip out. If she falls and scrapes a knee – I get it, but this was a bit more than a scraped knee.”
She apologized 3 million times and even texted over the weekend to make sure Lila was ok.
Ok, so thoughts on this, please. Should the school have called? Am I overreacting?
*Arnica is essentially used here like Windex was used by the Dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. And it’s true, it pretty much fixes everything.